Category: Europe

After Charlie Hebdo: Faculty Discuss the Challenge to Freedom of Expression

After Charlie Hebdo: Faculty Discuss the Challenge to Freedom of Expression

[ 0 ] January 27, 2015 |

by GEOFFREY MOCK for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 27, 2015:  Expressing solidarity with those killed at France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine and the aftermath is an easy step. More challenging, Duke faculty say, is making sense of these events, and figuring out what to do next to protect free speech and change the transition from alienation […]

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Reasonable Accommodations & Minority Religious Freedom in the U.S. & Canada: What Have We Learned?

[ 0 ] January 26, 2015 |

“The term “Reasonable Accommodation” has emerged in the last decade as a major innovation in the legal and political culture of liberal democratic nation states. Facing growing ethnic and cultural diversity, resulting from migrations that transformed their socio-demographic maps, liberal societies confront the imperative of accommodating minorities that are ambivalent about integration into the “national […]

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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5 facts About the Muslim Population in Europe (by Conrad Hackett, Pew)

5 facts About the Muslim Population in Europe (by Conrad Hackett, Pew)

[ 0 ] January 22, 2015 |

by CONRAD HACKETT for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JANUARY 15, 2015:  Recent violence in France and protest marches in Germany have drawn renewed attention to Europe’s Muslim population. In many European countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, concerns about growing Muslim communities have led to calls for restrictions on immigration. But just […]

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On Religion and Irreverance: Letter from an Old English Fart (by Olivier Tonneau)

[ 0 ] January 20, 2015 |

by OLIVIER TONNEAU for MEDIAPART on JANUARY 20, 2015:  Please tolerate my crude humour for I am French. This is in essence how I brushed aside the issue of Charlie Hebdo’s controversial style in my previous article. However, as I dislike monolithic characterizations of cultures, I would like to rephrase a debate that is actually […]

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WATCH: On European Identity, Secular Liberalism, & the “Otherness” of Islam in Europe

[ 0 ] January 18, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 19, 2015:  On Wednesday, January 13, nearly a week after the attacks in Paris (at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and at the Kosher market) Oxford University historian Martin Conway was at Duke for a long-scheduled talk on “The End of European Integration” sponsored by Duke University’s Center for European studies. […]

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Ehab Galal on “Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Book Essay)

Ehab Galal on “Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] January 18, 2015 |

by EHAB GALAL for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on JANUARY 19, 2014: Scholarly interest in Arab media has increased dramatically over the past two decades, especially since the advent of the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera in 1996, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the global conflicts that followed this tragedy. Arab media are increasingly seen as global […]

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WATCH: Omid Safi on Charlie Hebdo, Satire, and Islam in France (AJE, 1/13/15)

[ 0 ] January 15, 2015 |

via DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER YOUTUBE on JANUARY 14, 2015:  Charlie Hebdo’s first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes on Wednesday, featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad on a cover that defenders praised as art but critics saw as a new provocation (Reuters) Omid Safi, Director of the Duke […]

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David Schanzer: France’s Steps Against Terror

David Schanzer: France’s Steps Against Terror

[ 0 ] January 15, 2015 |

by DAVID SCHANZER for THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER on JANUARY 14, 2015:  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ declaration that France is at war “against terrorism, against jihadism, [and] against radical Islam” will not have much practical impact on the battle against extremist ideologies. The distinguishing feature of war is the legal use of lethal force against […]

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